Second day draft coverage

A day after choosing Florida catcher Mike Zunino with the third pick in the MLB Draft, the Mariners started the second day of the draft by taking shortstop Joe DeCarlo 64th overall.

DeCarlo is ranked the 57th best high school prospect by Baseball America. The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder from Garnet Valley High School in Glen Mills, Pa., was signed to play with Georgia next year as a third baseman.

DeCarlo comes from an athletic family, as his father played football at the University of Delaware, two brothers played baseball at William & Mary and his sister played lacrosse at the University of Virginia.

With the 98th overall pick (3rd round), the Mariners selected high school pitcher Edwin Diaz, a right-hander from Puerto Rico.

Although he’s listed at just 6-foot-2, 160 pounds, Diaz can reach the upper 90’s with his fastball.

With the 126th pick, a compensation pick for not signing Kevin Cron last year, the Mariners selected high school left-handed pitcher Tyler Pike from Winter Haven, Fla.

Pike is currently signed to play baseball for Florida State. As a junior, Pike went 10-1 with a 0.89 ERA and 123 strikeouts.

The Mariners chose an intriguing player in the fourth round in Patrick Kivlehan. The Rutgers third baseman was the Big East Player of the Year this season as a junior. Interestingly enough, though, Kivlehan was four-years removed from the sport after a career with the Scarlet Knights’ football team.

Kivlehan hit .410 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs during league play, becoming the first Big East player to win its triple crown.

The Mariners again went with a position player in the fifth round, and for the second time in the draft, took a shortstop. They selected Chris Taylor, a junior from the University of Virginia. Taylor is known more for his defense than offense, but hit .284 this season with five home runs, 47 RBIs and 12 steals in 14 attempts.

– Josh Liebeskind


what are the picks the mariners have for the 5th round

Bob, the Mariners will pick third in each round from the fourth thru the 40th rounds.

Hi Bob, what’s the scoop on the Kivlehan, could he be a sleeper for us?

Not sure if Bob knows, or anybody else for that matter. Kivlehan was an interesting pick as a guy who hadn’t played baseball for four years, then hit very well for Rutgers after being a DB in football. The Mariners were intrigued enough to pick him in the fourth round and they’ll see how he develops if he opts to sign with them.

Kivlehan, first and foremost, is a competitor, as he showcased on a very-fine Rutgers U football team, and obviously athletic. No reason why he cannot continue to build on what he started in only one year of D1 baseball experience. Reminds me of when I first met Wally Backman of the Mets, saw he was a wrestler and knew he was a competitor at the very least. Wally beat out a more-talented competitor for second base, Brian Giles, by hard work, determination and a fierce spirit. I wouldn’t bet against seeing Kivlehan in the big leagues before too long.

Whats the thinking behind drafting a college bound player? they have Four years and can be drafted again correct?

Sure, that’s always a risk. But most good high school players have already agreed to a college scholarship. They then choose what is best for them, the opportunity to begin pro ball immediately or get some college time and re-enter the draft again in three years (or one year if they go to a JC).

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